Twitter and the Scottish Independence Referendum

As part of a project for Policy Scotland, I’ve been analysing twitter activity on the hashtag #indyref. We started by capturing and visualising the network of twitter users and the hashtags used in the #indyref debate.

Screenshot from 2014-05-16 09:49:31

network of twitter users and hashtags – #indyref December 2013

The data were collected using the Twitter API and analysed using OpenRefine and Gephi. As you can see the network is very messy and difficult to interpret. The colouring of connections and nodes helps explain some of the relationships, but to give people a better understanding I used the Javascript GEXF viewer plugin for Gephi to create a interactive version of the network that people could explore for themselves.

Screenshot from 2014-05-16 09:35:23

For more details on this project and access to the interactive visualisations, see the Policy Scotland website.

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